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The 28 Greatest TV Show Moments Of All Time


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With 2019 drawing to a close, it’s the end of an era. And by era, we mean decade. Either way, now’s the perfect time to look back on some of the most iconic television moments of the last 10 (or many more) years. 

Of course, our TV hospital-centric favorites are included for their dramatic (and often tear-jerking) moments — think: Grey’s Anatomy and ER — but we haven’t forgotten about those lighter, yet equally iconic moments from our most-loved sitcoms. Because let’s be honest, is any great television list ever complete without the one and only Lucille Ball? Answer: no.

Other highlights include Johnny Carson’s final Tonight Show appearance — you might remember Bette Midler’s hauntingly beautiful farewell song to her friend — and the Beatles’ first American TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as the first-ever season of Survivor, which, we would argue, paved the way for all reality shows that would follow. 

More recently, programs like Game of Thrones, The Wire and The Crown have added some incredibly memorable and transformative programs into the cultural zeitgeist. Proving, as you might imagine, that no genre is exempt from contributing well-acted, well-written and (most importantly) very well-received moments to TV history. And lucky for you, we’ve done the hard work of compiling them all.

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